Create my own distro, but be able to configure it graphically?
I've played around with Suse Studio, Reconstructor, etc... but I'm looking for something different.
I could be wrong, but it seems like at one time I had used a tool (I think it was an older version of Reconstructor), that would allow you to actually graphically boot into your distro (in a window) and change things.
I can no longer seem to find anything like that. Since one of my biggest reasons for creating one is to change the LOOK of the OS, and not so much the packages, config, etc... This would be really helpful.
I don't care what distro I have to build it off of, so long as it's easy and I can do it graphically.
Do I have the understanding to do a LFS build or something similar? Sure...but I don't even remotely have the time.
Any info is appreciated, thanks.
RE: Compiling your own linux distro
So long your distro compilation is compatible with Nautilus or Konqueror file management system, and with Gnome or KDE-3 Desktop you may build your own compilations of any kind.
If I were you, I would start-up with installing some widely used distro (like for example Fedora 13/14, or Ubuntu 10.4/10.10), and I will develop a new kernel, compile it, and install it on the system, and switch from the grub to it upon starting the computer (hitting several times <space> key), and then brush it up, and debug it.
Blueprint: Compiling your own kernel does not really give you any noticeable benefit or competitive advantage, and so is compiling your own linux distro, and the development of incompatible software is not an idea of 'first beauty'.
RE: ... 'to cut a lot of features that you don't need' ..
I sincerely doubt that this is the point of compiling your own kernel.
IMHO the idea is rather to implement some advanced fast computational methods, like for example FMMs (Fast Multipole Methods) to extract utmost from your hardware platform.
Otherwise it makes no sense to waste your time, for linux kernels are available everyplace ('to or in any or all places') on the Web.